GRAND ITALY
GRAND ITALY
17 Day tour from $4,899
VENICE • ROME • FLORENCE • SIENA • CINQUE TERRE • AMALFI COAST
INCLUDING FLIGHTS MAY / JUNE / SEPTEMBER

Romance, beauty and La Dolce Vita – Italy is a destination that inspires and delights! From classical cities to sparkling coastlines, explore the best of Italy on this incredible 17 day grand tour.

Enjoy unforgettable days venturing through some of Italy’s most iconic cities and picturesque seaside villages. Experience the romance of Venice with a local guided tour of Piazza San Marco. See how the locals like to holiday at the resort towns surrounding Lake Garda, the largest Italian lake. Take a boat ride to the stunning Cinque Terre coastline to enjoy quaint seaside fishing villages, and enjoy local cuisine. Stop for a photo at the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Visit classical Florence, known for its world-famous, centuries-old art and architecture.

Journey through the scenic Tuscan countryside, visit the beautiful medieval town of Montepulciano, explore the magnificent ruins of Pompeii under the watch of Mount Vesuvius, travel along the breathtaking Amalfi Coast, and so much more. Includes return international flights, 14 nights accommodation, 14 meals including daily buffet breakfast, English-speaking tour leader and more.

Tour Highlights
  • Discover the iconic cities and landscapes of Italy
  • Wander through the romantic streets of Venice on a locally guided walking tour
  • See the icons of Rome on a locally guided walking tour
  • Discover Lake Garda, the largest Italian lake
  • Stop for a photo at the Leaning Tower of Pisa
  • Discover the beautiful medieval town of Montepulciano
  • Be amazed by the magnificent Pompeii archaeological site
  • Admire the stunning Cinque Terre coastline
  • Enjoy a free day at leisure in Florence
  • Travel through the gorgeous Tuscan countryside
  • See Piazza del Campo on a walking tour of Siena
  • Spend the night in Chianciano Terme, a famous thermal baths destination
  • See the Papal Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi
  • Visit some beautiful villages along the Amalfi Coast
  • Discover the picturesque island of Capri at leisure
  • Travel along the Amalfi Coast from Sorrento to Salerno by boat
  • Explore Sorrento on a walking tour

Tour Information
  • Where
    :

    VENICE • ROME • FLORENCE • SIENA • CINQUE TERRE • AMALFI COAST, ITALY

  • When
    :

    MAY 1, JUNE 25, SEPTEMBER 18 – 2019

Itinerary

Today depart from either Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth for Venice, Italy. Fly with Emirates, Etihad Airways, Finnair, British Airways or Cathay Pacific to name a few (subject

to availability).

Meals included: In-Flight

Upon arrival into Venice be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel.

Hotel Amadeus, Venice

Meals included: None

After breakfast enjoy a locally guided tour of Venice (approx. 2 hours) – one of the most romantic cities in the world. The tour starts from the magnificent Piazza San Marco, (St Mark’s Square) the centre of Venetian life.

The Basilica of San Marco and the Palazzo Ducale – the symbolic monuments of the Republic – stand on the background of the square. Inside the church admire the beautiful decorations and the magnificent Byzantine mosaics. Continue walking to the Rialto Bridge, one of the most beautiful bridges and symbols of the town.

Afterwards enjoy the rest of the day free at leisure to perhaps meander through the myriad of narrow water lined streets, bridges and canals.

Hotel Amadeus, Venice

Meals included: Breakfast

Today depart to Lake Garda, the largest Italian lake which is surrounded by mountains and is well known for its water sports and outdoor activities. It has both old charming villages and modern day towns. Enjoy some of the small resort towns located around Lake Garda like Peschiera del Garda and Sirmione. Sirmione is one of the most popular holiday resorts on the shores of Lake Garda. The small historic town is located on the tip of a long peninsula protruding from the southern

shore of the lake. It also has thermal springs and was a spa destination even in Roman times. Continue onto Dossobuono for the night.

Hotel West Point, Dossobuono (Lake Garda Area)

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast check out and depart to La Spezia to embark on a boat to Cinque Terre. Cinque Terre is a string of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. Enjoy a full day to discover the beautiful villages of Monterosso,Vernazza, Manarola and Rio Maggiore. Enjoy the unique atmosphere of this place, colourful houses and vineyards that cling to steep terraces, harbours that are filled with fishing boats and “trattorias” (typical restaurants) which turn out seafood specialties along with the Liguria region’s famous sauce, pesto.

Hotel NH La Spezia, La Spezia

Meals included: Breakfast

This morning, journey to the Renaissance city of Florence, making a stop at Pisa along the way. Take time to stroll through the parklands that surround the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and try to capture that perfect photo! Afterwards continue to Florence, which was the centre of medieval European trade and finance and is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance.

Enjoy an orientation walking tour this afternoon, and take in the wonderful panoramic view of the city from Piazzale Michelangelo. It boasts glorious vistas over the red roofs, Arno River and ancient city walls out towards the surrounding countryside. From here continue to walk around Florence’s many highlights, including the Ponte Vecchio over the Arno, the Piazza del Duomo and Campanile Tower.

The Gate Hotel, Sesto Fiorentino (Florence Area)

Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy a free day at leisure in the beautiful city of Florence. Continue to explore the historical sights of the city or perhaps take in a spot of shopping – the choice is yours.

The Gate Hotel, Sesto Fiorentino (Florence Area)

Meals included: Breakfast

Today continue your Italian journey through the Tuscan countryside to Siena. On arrival, with your tour leader, enjoy a walk through the narrow cobbled streets to Piazza del Campo, where the annual Palio horse race takes place. See the 14th century Town Hall with its slim Mangia Tower and then see the hilltop Cathedral.

This afternoon head to Montepulciano, a medieval town of rare beauty. The city, full of elegant Renaissance palaces, ancient churches, charming squares and hidden corners, boasts vast panoramas of the wonderful Val d’Orcia and Val di Chiana Valleys that surround it. It is also surrounded by vineyards and is well known for its red wine, “Rosso di Montepulciano”.

Afterwards continue onto Chianciano Terme, a famous thermal baths destination.

Cristallo Hotel, Chianciano Terme

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast depart to Assisi. Along the way cross the River Tevere, and enjoy the beautiful Italian countryside before stopping to see St. Maria of the Angels Church. The basilica was constructed in the Mannerist style between 1569 and 1679 and encloses the 9th century little church. Continue to the hilltop town of Assisi to see the huge Basilica of Saint Francis.
The Papal Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Order of Friars.

Cristallo Hotel, Assisi

Meals included: Breakfast

This morning enjoy breakfast at the hotel, before continuing the journey to Pompeii (entrance included). Explore this magnificent archaeological site, of the city that was buried from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79AD. It remains practically intact, as a testimony to the life of a commercial city of ancient Rome. Afterwards continue to the beautiful seaside Sorrento area, the gateway to the Amalfi Coast.

La Panoramica Grand Hotel, Castellammare di Stabia

Meals included: Breakfast

Today enjoy the Amalfi Coast, a 50km stretch of coastline along the southern edge of Italy’s Sorrentine Peninsula. It’s a popular holiday destination with sheer cliffs and a rugged shoreline, dotted with small beaches and pastel coloured fishing villages.

The coastal road between the port city of Salerno and cliff top Sorrento winds past grand villas, terraced vineyards and cliffside lemon groves. Today stop and explore some beautiful villages like Ravello, Minori and Maiori.

La Panoramica Grand Hotel, Castellammare di Stabia

Meals included: Breakfast

This morning transfer to the Sorrento pier and depart by hydrofoil to Capri, the dream island in Italy’s Bay of Naples. Famed for its rugged landscape, upscale hotels and shopping, from designer fashions to limoncello and handmade leather sandals.

Explore the narrow alleyways, browse in the exclusive boutiques and enjoy the wonderful sea views. In the late afternoon, after a day of island life, you will be transferred back to Sorrento. Here you will enjoy a walking tour of this handsome cliff-top resort town, wedged on a ledge between the mountains and the Mediterranean. It’s as well-located for regional sightseeing as it is a pleasant place to stay and stroll beautiful landscapes.

La Panoramica Grand Hotel, Castellammare di Stabia

Meals included: Breakfast

Today you will enjoy an Amalfi Coast excursion by boat. Depart from Salerno and head to Amalfi and Positano. Amalfi is an outstanding example of a Mediterranean landscape, it’s a town in a dramatic natural setting below steep cliffs. Positano is a cliffside village and the coast’s most picturesque and photogenic town.

La Panoramica Grand Hotel, Castellammare di Stabia

Meals included: Breakfast

Enjoy breakfast, before travelling to Rome. Upon arrival check in to the hotel and then enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure in the capital city of Italy! Perhaps explore the many Roman Empire ancient ruins like the Forum and the Vatican City.

Black Hotel, Rome

Meals included: Breakfast

Today take part in a locally guided tour of imperial Rome (approx. 3 hours). See the Colosseum (entrance not included), in the same square, you can also admire the Arch of Constantine and the Arch of Titus.

Continue to the Roman Forum (entrance not included), the biggest archaeological area in the world – in the heart of Rome. Arriving at the top of Capitole Hill, today the seat of City Hall, you can admire the beautiful square designed by Michelangelo Buonarroti that houses the Palazzo Conservatori and the Palazzo Nuovo.

Afterwards, continue down Capitole Hill and arrive directly into Venice Square, where you will be astonished by the Vittoriano, the biggest European monument. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Black Hotel, Rome

Meals included: Breakfast

After breakfast transfer to the airport for your return flight back to Australia. Please note: if your flight departs early, breakfast will be arranged for pick up from the hotel reception the night before.

Meals included: Breakfast; In-Flight

Arrive in Australia

Please note, some flights may arrive in Australia +1 day later.

Pricing and Inclusions
Pricing and inclusions
    FROM17 Day tour
    $4,899

    *Tipically $7,899. Book by 30 June 2018.

     

    INCLUSIONS

    FLIGHTS

    • Return international flights (economy class) departing SYD/ MEL/BNE/ADL/PER

     

    ACCOMMODATION

    • 14 nights in hotel accommodation

     

    DINING

    • Enjoy 14 meals including daily buffet breakfast

     

    TOUR ESSENTIALS

    • English speaking tour leader
    • English speaking local tour guides (day 1 & 15)
    • Airline taxes and surcharges
    • Parking and check point fees

     

    TRANSPORT

    • Transportation by private A/C vehicles

     

    TRANSFERS

    • Return airport transfers
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